Senator Tim Lombard also called on HSE chief Tony O’Brien to “do the honourable thing and resign” over the cervical cancer scandal.
Speaking to the Evening Echo, he said that the HSE has been scandal-ridden since its inception, and no longer has the confidence of the public.
He said that Ireland was moving towards a well-funded, effective health service, but the “legacy issues” of the HSE are now standing in the way.
“We have crisis after crisis after crisis. This goes right back to when it was first set up by Micheál Martin. We have never been able to solve the management problems. Now is the time to do something drastic,” he said.
Calling on Mr O’Brien to formally resign Mr Lombard said that the “credibility of the HSE is more important than one person.”